Keep Oil Exploration Out of Virunga National Park

Keep Oil Exploration Out of Virunga National Park

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      World Wildlife Fund

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June 2014

Victory

WWF celebrates a major victory in protecting Virunga National Park. Soco International PLC, the London-based multinational oil company, announced that it would end controversial oil exploration inside Virunga. Moreover, Soco has committed to stay out of all other World Heritage Sites around the globe. More than 750,000 global activists -- including the more than 290,000 of you on Change.org -- joined WWF’s campaign that called on Soco to leave Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park. This victory is in no small part thanks to your strong support as well as the leadership of the US State Department and Members of Congress on this issue.

Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park. It could soon become Africa’s newest oil field.

British oil company Soco International PLC plans to explore for oil inside the park, even though the park is protected under Democratic Republic of Congo law. Add your name to WWF's campaign. Together we can draw the line and keep oil exploration out of Africa's oldest national park. 

The Virunga National Park is not only critical to the variety of species - including gorillas - that call it home, but also the local economy that depends on the natural resources of the park. More than 27,000 people fish in Lake Edward and it provides drinking water to 50,000 people. But thousands more benefit from locally sourced fish, renewable energy and other park-related activities. Virunga has been a national park since 1925 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Total, a French oil company, has already committed not to explore for oil within Virunga’s boundaries. Stand with WWF to call on Soco to do the same!

Oil development in the park could threaten local communities that rely on the park’s natural resources and jeopardize the region’s potential for long-term income from sustainable development. Join us in drawing the line -- Virunga is too important to open up for oil exploration.

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    1. Victory for Mountain Gorillas in Virunga!

      WWF celebrates a major victory in protecting Virunga National Park. Soco International PLC, the London-based multinational oil company, announced that it would end controversial oil exploration inside Virunga. Moreover, Soco has committed to stay out of all other World Heritage Sites around the globe.

      More than 750,000 global activists -- including the more than 290,000 of you on Change.org -- joined WWF’s campaign that called on Soco to leave Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park. This victory is in no small part thanks to your strong support as well as the leadership of the US State Department and Members of Congress on this issue.

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    • Lorna Buechner BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      Preservation of wildlife is important.

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    • Devon Ring SALEM, OR
      • 5 months ago

      We only need thirteen thousand people need to sign up this petition before too late......

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    • winna domur SAINT PIERRE LAVAL, FRANCE
      • 6 months ago

      sauvez les animaux cest lessentiel

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    • Ffion Titmuss FRANKLIN, MA
      • 6 months ago

      In one "Calvin and Hobbes" comic, Calvin asks if his generation can refuse to inherit the planet from their parents, what with its current state. The idea is funny enough in this context, but it is actually very important. Do we really want to be remembered as the generation which caused the extinction of numerous species? And how can we willingly destroy such a beautiful place and deprive our descendants of the ability to appreciate it as we do? Oil will not be an energy source forever, so we will need alternative sources at some point...and why not develop and try to perfect them now, instead of simply clinging to the last reserves of oil left?

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      • 6 months ago

      this is again one of those "last chances" for governments and NGO`s alike to show to the people of this world, that joint actions CAN and WILL put a hold to those predatory, world-devastating behaviours of money driven companies and cooperates. The congolese government has not legal right to open up Virunga NP for these devastating oil explorations. But on the other hand, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has EVERY right in this world to demand all financial, administrate or humanitarian support possible from the international community, the world bank, etc. to preserve Virunga for the future benefit of its own people and for all other human beings in this world who feel that the natural beauty of our planet shall not be destroyed any further.

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